OMPA Board Member Presents Award to Sen. Inhofe

Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson presented U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe with the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Public Service Award during the association’s legislative rally in Washington, D.C., on March 1. Nicholson serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, which is the wholesale power supplier for the city of Ponca City. In February of 2016, Nicholson also was appointed to the APPA’s Policy Makers Council, which assists in promoting federal legislation important to public power systems. Ponca City is just one of 63 public power utilities in Oklahoma, which serve more than 200,000 customers. All of OMPA’s 42 member cities are public power utilities. During his tenure in the Senate — and as leader of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee —Inhofe “has focused on issues affecting public power utilities,” the Association said in a March 1 news release. “He has been particularly vigilant on regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency and sensitive to the impact on public power utilities. He led efforts to move disapproval resolutions on the EPA’s existing and new plant rules. He advocated for public power interests on the Waters of the United States rule, ozone rule, and coal combustion residuals (CCR) rule.” “Senator Inhofe has a long and distinguished record of sticking up for community-owned utilities,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He understands the impact that overregulation can have on our industry and has reached across the aisle to pursue commonsense solutions. We thank him for his steadfast advocacy for public...

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Spiro Public Schools receives DEEP rebate for $24,695

The Town of Spiro and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $24,695 to Spiro Public Schools for recent energy efficiency improvements inside the district. The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. The district recently completed an upgrade to high-efficiency LED lighting that reduced its energy demand by 260 kilowatts. DEEP assists OMPA’s 42 members with their qualified customers to reduce electric service energy demand and costs. The program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers – including schools and government buildings – that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. Projects include changing out lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors for more energy-efficient equipment. These energy improvements help OMPA delay the time in which it needs to add expensive generation capacity. For 2016, OMPA awarded 66 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts. For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the Town of Spiro. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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Hall joins board, Greff named Treasurer

Chuck Hall of Perry was selected to join the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Dec. 8 in Edmond. He takes over a board term at OMPA that will last through October, 2019. He will need to be confirmed by the electors at the Annual Electors’ Meeting in the fall of 2017. Hall previously served on the OMPA board for six years during his time as Mayor of Perry.  He resigned his spot on the board and his position as Mayor of Perry to accept a three-year term on the Board of the Directors at the Oklahoma City Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in December of 2013.  Subsequently, Perry appointed another representative to serve on the OMPA Board. Aside from his stint as mayor of his home town, Hall also is Chairman and CEO of Exchange Bank and Trust Company of Perry. He is the third generation of a banking family with a legacy spanning more than 130 years. Hall was the Director of Government Relations for the Oklahoma Bankers Association from 1991-94. The OMPA board also on Dec. 8 appointed Jim Greff of Prague to serve as its Treasurer.  Greff joined the board in August of 2014 and has served as city manager at Prague for the last 10 years. He has worked for the city for 35 years in...

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New Director of Operations at OMPA

Melie Vincent took over as Director of Operations for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority on Nov. 14. A native of Kentucky, Vincent has an extensive background in the power industry. She began her career as an economic analyst at Big Rivers Electric Corporation, before becoming the market settlements analyst for ACES Power Marketing, assisting in the development of settlement processes. She then served as the power supply manager for Brazos Electric Cooperative, assuming responsibility for real-time to long-term generation portfolio deployment. Before coming to OMPA, Vincent joined strategy and business development at Midcontinent Independent System Operation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Indiana. The Director of Operations at OMPA directs the planning, implementation and overseeing of all facets of power scheduling and training. The director also aids in coordination between OMPA, the Southwest Power Pool, engineering consultants and management.   The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 42 municipal electric utilities. OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of OMPA serve approximately 250,000...

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OMPA Board Members Selected

Three members of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority board were chosen for re-election and another was confirmed by the membership at the Annual Electors’ Meeting in Edmond on Sept. 8. Those selected to elected to retain their positions on the board included Mary Rupp from Perry, Janice Cain from Altus and David Yeager from Duncan. Jason McPherson from Marlow, who was appointed to fill an empty slot in March, was also confirmed. A wholesale power supplier with 42 municipal members throughout Oklahoma, OMPA is governed by its 11-member Board of Directors, who are elected by representatives of the members. The board is comprised of elected officials, city managers and others who are involved in the operating or governing of their electric systems. Board members serve staggered three-year terms, with one-third of them coming up for election each year. Rupp has been city manager at Perry since November of 2012, after working for 35 years for the City of Stillwater where she was assistant city manager for 18 years and deputy city manager for another six. She has been on the OMPA board since December of 2013. She is currently the Treasurer for the Board of Directors. Cain was voted to the board at its monthly meeting just hours before the Annual Electors’ Meeting, then later re-elected. She began serving as the city manager at Altus this July. She is a past president of the MESO Board of Directors and also held a different term on the OMPA board from 2010-2013 during the tail end of her 15-year stint as city administrator at Marlow. She was the recipient of the American Public Power Association’s Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award in 2008. Yeager was appointed to the board in July. He has been the Electric Utilities Director for Duncan Power since 1999, having worked for the city since 1983. He also is the Chairman for OMPA’s Planning and Operations Committee, and is on the Competitive Utility Program (CUP) Oversight Committee. McPherson was selected to fill a vacancy in March. He has been the city administrator with Marlow for more than three years, and also serves on OMPA’s Energy Services Executive...

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